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Big Ideas Little Pictures

Book cover for Big Ideas Little Pictures book of sketchplanations by Jono Hey

Early reviews for Big Ideas Little Pictures

"This is such a cool book. The range of Jono’s knowledge is astounding, and so is his ability to digest complex ideas into deceptively simple drawings. You’ll learn something on every page—and be entertained too."
— Bill Gates
"Big Ideas, Little Pictures is a magical collection of ideas, concepts, and wisdom—some that I've wondered about and others that I've never thought about before—presented in a clear visual way that makes Jono's sketchplanations a joy to read, reference, and share. It's a fantastic book!"
— Mike Rohde, bestselling author of The Sketchnote Handbook and illustrator of REWORK
"Brilliant! It distills a variety of complex and profound ideas into simple to understand and beautifully drawn sketches."
— Richard Shotton, author of The Choice Factory
"Jono Hey's Big Ideas Little Pictures is the kind of book that I want to devour all at once, with his brilliantly efficient illustrations breaking down complex ideas—but that I make myself ration to a few pages per day, to give myself time to absorb everything. Either way, it's the best bet I have to make myself seem more interesting as a dinner party guest."
—Brendan Leonard, creator at Semi-rad and author of Make It: 50 Myths and Truths About Creating
"Jono's delightful book is a fantastic blend of text and visuals, making the topics easy to understand and remember. I found myself eager to turn each page, learning things I had never known before. I love this book and recommend it to anyone looking to enrich their knowledge at super speed with some creativity and fun."
—Jason Barron, author of The Visual MBA

At last Sketchplanations in a book! In Big Ideas Little Pictures, Jono Hey collects together over 130 inspiring, funny and relatable sketches about life. Combining existing and new topics, Big Ideas Little Pictures is a perfect gift of the wisdom and joy of Sketchplanations.

Order from the US & Canada

Available now! Released April 9, 2024

Pre-order in the UK

Release date 13 May 2024

Pre-order in Europe

Release date 13 May 2024

Pre-order in Australia

Release date 9 July 2024

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Will there be an eBook?

Yes. There should be a Kindle version of the book when published, but it's not out yet, and it's not nearly as nice on the coffee table.

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You should buy the book because then you'll have the book.

What's inside?

Why a book?

I started making sketchplanations in 2013 by sketching them in actual books. While putting the sketches online has helped them reach so many more people there’s something about browsing through the sketches in a book, phones and laptops away, that makes it the best way to experience it.

Which sketches to include was a challenge. I’m really happy that I’ve selected sketches that will teach you a new thing or two about the world, make you think, inspire you and make you smile. In the process, I added a host of sketches for topics I’d always wanted to cover ranging from How to Win at Monopoly to the Basics of a Good Night’s Sleep.

Big Ideas Little Pictures open page of The 3-Day effect sketch
Big Ideas Little Pictures open double-page of Starting a company sketch from Reid Hoffman
Big Ideas Little Pictures open page of Flow sketch
Big Ideas Little Pictures book on a wooden table
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